This summer has been a slow one for barbecuing on the grill for us, so in a last ditch effort before fall truly hits, I finally made a recipe I've been scheming for a while... I figure it's still summer somewhere and we still have a few days of warmth left over here, so this recipe won't be in vain :)
I was inspired to make this recipe after we had something similar on a trip to Israel a few years back. My husband had ordered a ground beef kabob called Kabob Halabi at a restaurant, and it surprisingly came out on a long cinnamon stick skewer. It tasted incredible and we thought it was a great idea. So- a few years later, I decided to make my own version of it, but with ground lamb. My husband described this one as possibly the best thing ever created :)
I used cinnamon sticks that are 6 inches long, but I would have preferred 12 inch ones to make it easier for grilling/preparing. I did find some online, but didn't have a chance to order them. The 6" ones I got from Costco. The ground lamb I got at Whole Foods (New Zealand lamb), but if you can't find it, you can usually ask a butcher to grind lamb for you or find a halal grocer.
So here is the recipe (it's quite simple)- hope you enjoy as much as we did!!
Lamb Kabobs on Cinnamon Skewers
1lb ground lamb
2 Tbsp chives chopped finely
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp corriander
1/2 tsp ginger powder
1/2 tsp granulated garlic
1 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
8 6" cinnamon sticks
Sprinkle your seasonings on top of lamb and stir with a spoon to break up the meat. Then mix with your hand until it is soft and sticks together. With one hand grab a meatball size piece and work onto your cinnamon stick. Dampen your hand to help the meat move better.
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